Dr. Sharolyn Dihigo, DNP, RN, CPNP // Sep 30, 2017

What's going on with my skin? Most women do not realize the hormone fluctuations associated perimenopause and menopause affect their skin.  Women are well aware of the internal changes such as hot flashes, night sweats, changes in sleep patterns, and low libido; however, even small fluctuations in hormones can cause the skin to begin to age faster.  Suddenly, women notice more fine lines and wrinkles, dry skin, and skin that has lost its brightness and glow.

Falling female hormone levels cause the skin to lose the fatty layer underneath which would normally provide a supple foundation, and decreased protein and collagen synthesis leaves the skin more vulnerable to the damaging effects of the sun.  Thinning of the skin also leaves it more prone to dryness.  

Some women experience a hormone imbalance (less estrogen and female hormones and a dominance of androgens) which cause acne breakouts.  Female hormones also control the appearance of brown “age spots” which can occur in previously sun-exposed areas including the face, neck, arms, and chest.

With all of these changes occurring in the skin, some women find their previous skin care products are no longer working or some even develop sensitivities to products they have used for years.  For these reasons, the development of Smooth Transition skin care products was designed with precision and care, obtaining the perfect balance of nature and science, to address the multiple, external changes in the perimenopausal and menopausal skin.

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